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Messiah Sees the Light on FSC

December 2013 By Bob Neubauer
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“It just conveys a very positive image about what our priorities are, and that we support this organization [FSC] and what they do,” he notes.

Magee says his views started to change after getting to know the college’s new sustainability director, Craig Dalen. Magee began to realize the value of making a strong statement like this, both for his in-plant and for the college. 

Dalen also pointed out that attaining FSC certification would show customers that the in-plant can commit to a detailed project that requires hard work and an eye for detail.

“That communicates to your customer that they can trust you with their project as well,” Magee says. Though he insists that generating business was not his goal, he notes that “just the rumor of us possibly becoming certified has generated emails and phone calls.” 

An added benefit of getting certified, Magee says, is that it brought his 10-person team together as they worked through the steps. The in-plant received a training and reference manual from Printers Green Resource LLC, coordinator of the InGreen group certification program for in-plants, and employees read it as a group during production meetings. The manual spelled out all the steps the shop would need to take to pass the audit.

“It just made it so easy,” Magee remarks. 

When the in-plant passed that audit in November, the staff felt a strong sense of accomplishment, he says. 

He praises the InGreen program for simplifying the process and keeping costs down. Certification cost the in-plant $1,695, he says. 

In explaining his change of opinion, Magee quotes Thomas Merton, who once said “If the you of five years ago doesn’t consider the you of today a heretic, you are not growing spiritually.
 

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